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Old 10-17-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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GPS in Berkshire

Think its crazy that the Berkshire doesnt come with a GPS standard. Is there some model of GPS that will work with the rear/side cameras so I can have an in dash GPS? I pick my new motorhome up from the dealer in two weeks but this issue is really bugging me, especially since I will be driving it in areas that I'm unfamiliar with. Thanks for any ideas.

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Old 10-17-2013, 07:34 PM   #2
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Think its crazy that the Berkshire doesnt come with a GPS standard. Is there some model of GPS that will work with the rear/side cameras so I can have an in dash GPS? I pick my new motorhome up from the dealer in two weeks but this issue is really bugging me, especially since I will be driving it in areas that I'm unfamiliar with. Thanks for any ideas.

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I feel like you.... It sux that FR couldn't have put in a slightly more expensive in dash unit that included GPS capabilities.

I think that most of the units made by Jensen, Magnadyne and others will be pretty much plug compatible with the one FR put in there. And the dash cutout will be exactly the same size as well.

If you're willing to spend the $$$ the swap out should take only about 5 minutes to do. Just mention it to your dealer and they should easily be able to make the swap for you.

Good luck and let us know how you come out; I suspect there are others on here that have a better handle on this than I do.

Mine is a Jensen 209TP (no GPS), if memory serves me correctly.

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Old 10-17-2013, 09:44 PM   #3
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I'm actually glad that they don't put a unit in the dash. Most of the in-dash GPS units are outdated so quickly that it doesn't make much sense to have a GPS that is outdated. For the few hundred dollars that a portable unit costs you are better off to get a Rand or a Garmin and just use that. Always be aware that GPS units are prone to bad info and know where you are going BEFORE you leave.

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Old 10-18-2013, 08:48 AM   #4
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Ed, The GPS maps can be updated. Or are you talking about other features that gaet dated. For instance, we have two vehicles both with GPS units but the newer one has a traffic alert that the other doesnt have. I think I would still rather have the in-dash unit. Thanks for giving me something else to consider.

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Old 10-18-2013, 09:40 AM   #5
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marcusfan,

I agree with wnytaxman, my 2008 360QS came with a Jensen that had to be replaced twice. The slide out monitor would stick in the closed position and would not deploy. The last time it was replaced was in April 2012 and Andy at Forest River said he was lucky to get one as that model has been discontiinued for some time. I started to look for a better unit with GPS but it seems that the new units use a slightly larger dash cutout. I confirmed this with both Forest River and Jensen (drawings are available in pdf files on line). Andy even offered to find a new dash section but there were some small changes to the switches and so forth. I think it is best to leave well enough alone and use an aftermarket product. I use a Garmin with the audio cable connected to the aux cables on the Jensen that also acts as an mp3 player, we load a set of playlists on an SDcard it does not repeat itself for over 20 hours and off we go. The traffic alert and voice direction overide the music so we do not miss any directions. Also the bluetooth, if turned on, takes over the cellphone if we so desire to be available to anyone.

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Old 10-18-2013, 11:43 AM   #6
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Area51, where and how did you mount your portable GPS? I used to have one that mounted to a bean bag type thing that sat on the dash and it was always sliding around when I went around a corner. I'm not ppposed to a portable if I can find a way around that problem. Also, if you dont mind saying, what model do you have? I am partial to Garmin because they show the speed limit and I use that feature all the time in an unfamiliar area. Thanks for the assistance. I am so excited and all I can do is read this board to get my fix until my coach gets here.

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Old 10-18-2013, 12:49 PM   #7
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I have the Magellan Roadmate -RV/Truckers version... It's a great unit. I can enter the height, width and weight of my rig and it keeps me off roads that might cause me problems i.e. low bridges, narrow streets, etc. cost $350 but well worth it.... Used it on a 4K mile trip this past Summer and it worked like a champ ... It also has campground and fuel features as well...
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I have a VDO Dayton PC 5200 Truck GPS module that operates through the Jensen flip out screen via a remote control. Unit is hidden. Previous owner had it installed. Haven't been able to get the remote to work with it yet but will be pretty slick when I figure it out. Been using a garmin for now.
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marcusfan,

I mount the Garmin NUVI GPS on the left of the cockpit using the attachment Garmin provides. Also, as stated the speed and altitude are easily visible to the driver. Trying to see the speed either in the display unit or on the speedo can be annoying. I think most of us who drive a rig this big and tow something behind will pretty much stay to the main highways and use the toad to explore. When you can move the GPS to the toad is where it really makes sense to have all the features. I also have a DeLorme System with a bluetooth logger and all the associated gear, but I very seldom use it.

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